Friday, 18 Jan 2019

England v New Zealand: Owen Farrell assures the country that we can count on him to play hard but fair against the All Blacks

Owen Farrell insists that he is not a handicap and that England can count on him to play hard but just against the All Blacks.

The star of the Saracens passed dangerously from one hero to another when he denied the victory of South Africa with his now infamous coup of "sans-armes".

The big Black Nights player, Craig Dowd, called it a "terrible tackle" and the decision to leave him "an absolute shame and a scourge for world rugby".

The bosses and the referees conceded privately that Farrell should have been at least penalized for having kicked glory to the Boks.

Farrell congratulated by his teammates for his winning defensive contribution against South Africa

A week later, England still counts his blessings – while his co-captain takes stock.

"In terms of the teams, we have to be ready to play the game and not to dive into the game," said Farrell. "But as a decision maker, you have to be calm.

Farrell (left) helps New Zealand midfielder Beauden Barrett to participate in the 2017 Lions Series

"I certainly do not try to respect the rules, especially when the clock is red in a test match.

"You are trying to go ahead and attack yourself. Some people will understand and others will not understand, when a collision is serious, how difficult it is.

"But I know the rules well. I do not want to play on the edge of them, I want to play in them. "

Eddie Jones is a big fan of Farrell

Eddie Jones would not be exchanging Farrell for a player on the planet, not even the number one New Zealander, Beauden Barrett, two-time reigning world champion of the year.

He does not say that England has no chance to beat the world champions without him. He does not need to. Everyone knows it.

Yes, England gave the All Blacks a 38-21 record at Twickenham in 2012. But the most successful team of all sports has played 78 tries since, losing six times and retaining a Cup. world. England has lost six games this year alone.

Chris Ashton scores against the 2012 All Blacks in Twickenham

These are discouraging statistics, but Jones used them to illustrate the extent of the opportunities offered if his players seized the moment.

"You can either make the film or be in the movie," he said. "We want to do the movie.

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"The teams sit there, eat popcorn, have a box of Pepsi and think" New Zealand is the best team in the world, we can not compete with them. "Then they realize" we may be in this situation, but it is too late.

"So we want to be sure to make the film. Understand that, like all teams, they have weaknesses and we have the opportunity to fight them. "


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